Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sweet Sleep Tea

      Few things are as refreshing as a good night's sleep. But for many sleep is an elusive, fickle friend that likes to come around when you seem to be the most preoccupied, but leaves you to your thoughts when it's truly time for bed.
      Even if you don't struggle with sleep, a nice warm cup of tea in the evenings is the perfect way to unwind and distress. Lavender and chamomile are both well known nerviness that help clear your mind and relax your body. Orange adds just a hint of zing and the rose petals complete the floral arrangement.
   My favorite thing to do at the end of the day is to sip on this sleepytime tea with my husband while we watch an episode of Dr. Who.
   I like mixing the herbs in bulk beforehand, which makes this a cinch to whip a cup or two up.

2 Ingredient Berry Cheesecake Pops (and DIY Cream Cheese!)

If you’ve read my blog at all you’ll know my little family is obsessed with ice cream. Whether it’s the classic mint chocolate chip with homemade chocolate chips, or vanilla drizzled with honey sweetened caramel and raw hot fudge sauce, we can’t get enough.
And even though I’ll admit to succumbing to the occasional store bought ice cream treat, they’re so much better when they’re made at home. Once you’ve been spoiled by the creamy, sweet, premium, homemade goodness, you won’t want to go back!

Waste Not, Want Not

I came up with this recipe out of necessity. I didn’t want to pitch the drippings from homemade strained cream cheese, but I also had no idea what to do with it at first. My husband’s favorite dessert is ice cream and his second is cheesecake. So what better way to please the man than with cheesecake ice cream? Though I love it just as much as he does!

Read more at Kitchen Stewardship.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Is it Worth it? : Natural Birth


     When I pictured natural labor I saw those women on TV screaming in pain like they were dying as they yelled profanities at their husbands. I recalled my mother and other women retelling their birth horror stories. I was told by women I respected that not only was natural birth impossible, it was undesirable.

     My response? I decided I NEVER wanted to have kids. When I found out I was pregnant with my son, my first feelings were of absolute terror. I was aware of natural birth, but I now dove headfirst into learning what it was all about. I didn’t want to end up like most of the mothers I knew.

     As I became confident in what I knew God had designed my body to do, I learned that labor and delivery didn’t have to be a painful, horrific experience! Even if you’ve already had children and it wasn’t the best of experiences, or there’s one on the way, learning about your body and choices will help immensely.

“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic.”― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Calendula Salve for Eczema and Psoriasis


      I just started growing calendula flowers in my garden last year. Not only are they beautiful, they're so useful too! I love using it in a healing salve since it can treat numerous skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.  Been in the sun too long? Slather it on your sunburn. Bug bites? Works for that too. A truly wonderful all around skin healer!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter No Bakes (GF, DF, Sugar free, Semi-Raw )

     Chocolate no bake cookies have to be one of my absolute favorite desserts. They're moist and chewy like cookie dough, but have a little more satisfactory substance to them. I used to sit down and eat 10 at a time whenever my mom made a batch. Puppy chow is another downfall of mine, but that's a post for another day.

   Unfortunately, the last time I picked up some store bought no bakes I spit out the very first bite. That sugary, gloppy mess was nothing short of gross. Homemade ones typically aren't much better as far as health goes. My go to recipe book sitting in my kitchen cupboard calls for 2 cups of refined sugar. Yikes!

   So last night I went on a quest for the perfect chocolate no bakes. Luckily for me this recipe came together with little effort and minimal fuss. These contain natural sugars from real maple syrup, but they're quite healthy as far as cookies go. Cocoa powder offers this nutrient that an estimated 75% of Americans are deficient in, while coconut oil nourishes skin and provides healthy essential fats (read about it here).

      AND...unlike every other no bake recipe I've seen, these can be made semi- raw, so you're getting the full benefits of the raw coconut oil. I prefer not to use raw cocoa powder and almond butter due to the phytic acid content, but it is an option.